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How mucus keeps us healthy - Katharina Ribbeck

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Your body produces more than a liter of mucus every day, and when you’re sick, it can be hard to miss. But what exactly is mucus? And what does it do, besides making you miserable? Katharina Ribbeck reveals the mysteries of this transparent, shape-shifting layer that moistens and lubricates the vulnerable parts of our body while rendering us invisible to potentially deadly microbes.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Katharina Ribbeck
  • Director Anton Bogaty
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Collaborator Jacob S. Witten, Erica S. Frenkel, Wesley Chen, Tahoura S. Samad
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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